Tour Morris County’s History And Presentations This Summer, Featuring Alexander Hamilton

Fans of Broadway’s Hamilton, an American Musical can get a closer look into the real Hamilton –

sans singing and dancing — via the Morris County Tourism Bureau’s Summer 2016 Historical

Walking Tours series on five consecutive Saturdays, from July 16 through Aug. 13.

The series will include Alexander Hamilton:  The Little Lion

Walking Tour on July 30, and will feature The Love Story of Betsy

Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton on Aug. 13.

“With all of the interest in Alexander Hamilton generated by the

Broadway play, we decided to feature a look at Hamilton’s history

here in Morristown: his encounters with Gen. George Washington

and then a look at his romance here with Betsy Schuyler,” said

Leslie Bensley, executive director of the Tourism Bureau.

“I think Hamilton enthusiasts will find both tours very interesting.”

The five-Saturday series also includes the Seeing Eye Walking Tour, which takes a close-up look at the

guide dog training program in Morristown, plus new presentations on the Freemasons in Morristown

and a special curator presentation highlighting the breadth and depth of the National Park’s archives

which include 500,000 objects.  This special program has been developed as part of the National Park

Service’s Centennial celebration (1916-2016).

Morristown National Historical Park, founded in 1933, was the NPS’s first national historical park.

“We congratulate the Tourism Bureau for its continuing excellent programs and presentations that

call attention to the great history of Morris County, and which provide our county residents and

visitors with a rich experience,” said Morris County Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo.

Summer programs, led by a knowledgeable guide, are offered on five Saturdays during July and

August.  Tour start times vary.  Tickets are $15 – $20 depending upon the program. Pre-

register and pre-pay online at  For additional information or to pre-register call

973-631- 5151.

Programs Include:

Alexander Hamilton: The Little Lion Walking Tour, July 30, at 10 a.m.

This unique walking tour will cover a mile through Morristown to visit

sites associated with Alexander Hamilton’s stay in 1777 and 1779-80.

Serving as General George Washington’s aide-de- camp, Hamilton

thrived as a trusted advisor to the General.  He went on to lead three

New York light infantry battalions to victory at the Battle of Yorktown.

Your guide will be Patricia Sanftner.  Ms. Sanftner is a member of the

local D.A.R., who are the conservators of the Schuyler-Hamilton House

(c. 1760).  Learn about the life and loves of Hamilton and how he

met his wife in Morristown.  This tour focuses on Hamilton’s younger


The tour begins at the Alliance Statue in the center of the Morristown Green.  Cost is  $15.

Centennial Celebration Curator’s Presentation, Aug. 6, at 10 a.m.

The National Park Service celebrates its Centennial in

2016 with many special programs including this one.  Visit

Morristown National Historical Park for this special

presentation given by Dr. Jude Pfister, the curator.

While the park displays and interprets the events of two local winter encampments by the Continental Army, its archives span the years 15,000 B.C. to the 20th century

and include 500,000 objects, many of which never have,

and never will be, on display to the public.

There will be Native American objects, excavated Jockey

Hollow artifacts, items related to George Washington, and, in honor of the 400th  anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, a letter from Elizabeth I, his monarch.

This presentation has an interactive component as the public is invited to share a special interest to comb the archives for something relevant to be shown.

Meet in the foyer of the museum building.  Cost: $20 includes admission to the park for

the day.  Free parking is available in two parking lots adjacent to the Washington’s Headquarters

Museum.  Day of: MNHP phone number is 973-539- 2016.

The Love Story of Betsy Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton Aug. 13, at 10 a.m.

During the Revolutionary War, a young and dashing Alexander

Hamilton, General George Washington’s aide-de- camp at the

Ford Mansion, spent the winter and spring in Morristown while

his future wife, Betsy Schuyler, was nearby at the home of the


Hear the romantic tale of their courtship from members of the

D.A.R., who are the conservators of the c. 1760 Schuyler-

Hamilton House.

Tour is at the Schuyler-Hamilton

House, Five Olyphant Place, Morristown.

Cost is $15. Call  Schuyler-Hamilton House at 973-267- 4039.

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